Upgrades and Aftermarket - 6.0L EngineUpgrading or adding OEM or aftermarket equipment to your 2003-Up Super Duty or Excursion with 6.0L Power Stroke diesel engine. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 6.0L Power Stroke engine.
There are a few custom tunes that you can get which will improve mileage slightly however the cost involved in the purchase and obligatory gauges, etc... will negate any savings you would get from it for a very long time.
If fuel mileage is what you seek, keep your rpms below 2K and don't "short trip" it.
Finally, 6.0's don't use "chips", the PCM is different than a 7.3. They use modules or tuners. It's sematics, I guess but since chips are typically switch on the fly and tuners are not, it can be important when making your choice.
2003 Toreador Red/Arizona Beige CC, DRW, Lariat, FX4, 6.0 PSD, Torqshift, born early Feb. 03; AIC; Silverline turbo-back dual exhaust; 155cc injectors from Full Force Diesel (Casserly); SCT with tuning by Tony Wildman (Total Diesel Performance) & Innovative Diesel; ARP studs; Dfuser regulated return; AFE PG7; Fumoto valve; B&W hitch, Di-Pricol gauges; DIESELSITE Coolant filter; Timbrens; Rancho RSXs; Michelin XPS Traction's; a whole bunch of "bling"; Connex 4300hp; Pioneer DEH6100BT; JL Audio 275w amp driving a 12" sub; JL Audio 50wx4 amp driving the Alpine door and rear seat speakers. 380.3hp/786.7ft-lbs (on my tow tune!)
Believe it or not my Banks 6 gun on setting 3 got me 3 mpg increase, even with my lift, stock gears, and 38" tires.
Yeah its not the best tuner out there and you can gain more with another, but Banks was the only tuner around in 04 when I bought my truck so dont flame me about using it.
Now the price for the tuner was around 600 I think but I got it in early 05, and diesel here in socal now is hitting 4 bux again,(july 08 anyone?? 5.39/gal).
Basically, I gained another 100-120 miles per tank, about ten gals or 40 bux. So it would take 15 tanks or 4 months to break even on the price of the tuner, which Iv done many times over.
You do need guages and thats more money, but depending on how much you drive, I drive a lot, you can be ahead of staying stock faster than you think, especially when diesel prices will never fall again.
The higher HP tunes I run the better my fuel mileage. I honestly believe its only because I'm not applying as much peddle to obtain the same power/speed that I would on my stock tune. The Looney Tune gets me up to around 22-23 mpg on the winter fuel, but you're not safe runnin' that sort of tune without studs and gauges. You can say you won't get into it, but after you feel the low end increase........ well its inevitable that you'll want to see just what the vehicle is capable of. The next thing you know your mechanic is giving you a heart attack with the cost of new gaskets.
Bully Dog Triple Dog E3 Diesel Downloader. Simple through OBD port, have choice of economy or tow/economy setting. With 4.10's upwards of 15mpg empty but 11's while towing 32' fiver w/ tall frontal area.
07' 6.0 Lariat,350, DRW,CC boney stock (not anymore)
Pullrite Superglide, Sandpiper 32BHSS Platinum
2007 Four Winns 224
" LET'S ROLL !" Todd Beamer-Flight 93
Dieselsite Coolant Filter
BulletProof remote oil cooler
MagHytek Rear Diff. Cover
All LED lights inside and out
DC Power 270 amp
A1 Head bolts
Black Diamond Head Gaskets
Put me up for a vote on getting gauges and save for head studs later if you are going to tune your truck. I believe there are 2 very good options.
1) SCT X-3 with custom tunes from many different tune writers including Innovative Diesel (a site supporter). You can get everything from extreme horsepower tunes, towing tunes to strictly economy tunes. I have tunes from 3 different places, 8 different tunes in total.
2) Edge Evolution Color Screen or Color Touch Screen turned into a Gryphon by Power Hungry Performance. Bill does his own custom tunes for this unit and I believe he is the only one that can write for this unit (I could be wrong).
2005 Excursion Limited 6.0 4X4
Swamps 58V, PHP tuned FICM
SCT tunes by Quick Tricks
Sinister EGR Delete
6.4 banjo bolts
Ford fuel pressure spring kit
Excursion High Idle Mod
Cat EC-1 coolant and a Sinister coolant filtration kit
Magnaflow Turbo Back with muffler
Retro-Solution Digital HID
I use max energy by Hypertech and EGT and Boost has never been a problem for almost 4 years.
Saves fuels at 80HP settings at higher speeds over 2K RPM.
Scangauge II has been the best tool for saving fuel.
2005 Ford SD F250, 6.0L Diesel, Extended Cab, 4 x 4, 6 Speed, 2 Alternators, 2008 Mirrors, 10,000GVW, Max Energy by Hypertech, ScangaugeII for available 60 XGauges and MPG. 20MPG and 12.6 MPG Towing a 15500Lbs 38ft RV 5th Wheel.
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